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Auction Open for Limited Edition Signed Provident Print Posted on

Two limited edition Provident prints, thought to be last available of their kind, are to go under the hammer to raise money for the Trinity Sailing Foundation.

The stunning signed prints titled simply “Provident” by well-respected artist Michael Lees had a limited number of 850 prints and it thought these are the last two available.

Mr Lees has produced several maritime-themed pieces of artwork, which have been endorsed by the likes of Sir Robin Knox-Johnson.

He said: “Michael Lees’ painting shows that he is one of those rare artists who is able to capture the moods of the sea and ships.”

The two prints — which are signed copies number 550 and 551 — were kindly passed on to Trinity by keen sailor and Devon man Ian Grimble who said he would like to see all of the proceeds go towards the boats’ upkeep.

You can make a bid for the prints, via eBay, during two auctions, with the first going live today (Friday, April 17th) and lasting for 10 days. The second sale will begin on Friday, May 1st and also last for 10 days so there will be two opportunities for you to get in the highest bid.

You can place bids HERE

To learn more about the work of Michael Lees and his exclusive prints please visit




Provident - Michael Lees

BBC Filming Day with Trinity Posted on

A television crew from the BBC have spent the day filming on board Trinity Sailing’s oldest vessel.

The crew from Spotlight — the regional news programme for the south west — spent more than four hours on board 1892-built vessel Leader on Tuesday (April 14).

Trinity’s crew took the television team on a short sail, in glorious spring sunshine, around Torbay. Eagle-eyed viewers might have seem some footage on last night’s bulletin, where shots of Leader were shown during the weather.

Spotlight were filming a piece on board to go with a feature they are working on focusing on how the General Election outcome will affect people in south Devon.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity’s Office & Sales Manager, said: “No date has been set when the footage will air, but we expect to see it on screens next week. We will keep people updated on our three social media sites when we know more.”

You can view last night’s episode on BBC iPlayer here until 6pm tonight.

BBC Spotlight filming on Leader

Mate’s Blog: Leader’s Back to Sea Posted on

Trinity’s crew have finished their first sail of the 2015 season taking a boat full of guests on a weekend trip around the Devon coastline. By all accounts, a great time was had and Leader is now out with a sail training group until Friday.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him, and his team, throughout the season and here’s how the first few days have been:

“We’re finally back to sea! On Good Friday Leader rounded Brixham’s breakwater for the first time since November last year for her first trip of the season — a three day Easter cruise.

“Day one saw gusty conditions, averaging around force six. After briefings the crew helped us reef down our main sail and hoist our number two jib in stops. Even with this conservative sail plan we were flying up the coast and bearing away out of Torbay, before gybing, and heading back in to anchor just outside Torquay in very flat but windy conditions.

“The breeze moderated overnight and, after some careful prep the next morning, we hoisted the anchor under sail and headed west past Berry Head. We thundered on round under number two jib, staysail, reefed main and reefed mizzen. The wind eased over lunch and, after another slick gybe, we headed into the River Dart.

“We kept the sails up in the fluky winds past Kingswear, dodging gig racers. We carried on up a couple of miles to the riverside village of Dittisham where our now well-drilled guests quickly dropped the entire rig as we slowly cruised back downstream to Dartmouth.

“After a quick run ashore for showers, our cook Anne served an amazing dinner of roast pork belly followed by a huge Easter egg birthday cake for one of our guests. After Happy Birthday was sung, our Bosun, Martin, carried on with a few shanties before we all headed out to sample some of Dartmouth’s watering holes.

“Sunday was the last day of this short voyage and, after a very welcome eggs benedict before (thanks Anne!), we made our way back to Brixham past Man Sands and St Mary’s beach.

“The last couple of days have been an amazing start to the season, thanks to all our guests for a brilliant trip. We would love to have you back on board again!”



Refit Blog: The Final Countdown Posted on

Trinity’s crew, and a team of volunteers, are busy getting the boats ready for the 2015 season with just over a week to go before the first voyage.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him and his team, and here’s how the refit went last week:

“Eight days until we go back to sea! The crew are all ready to go and Leader is not far behind.

“She went onto the grid last weekend to be cleaned and have a fresh coat of antifoul. Despite a 4am. start we had loads of volunteers (Anna, Lucy, Andy, Ross, Jeremy, Maddie, Elise and Teymour) down to help us out. As soon as the tide was out far enough not to come over the top of our wellies the guys were down under the boat, pressure washing, scraping, drying and painting. No one stopped for longer than it took to stuff a pasty down until the tide was back lapping around our feet. A brilliant effort from everyone.

“Now we are once again back on our pontoon, making Leader look as good as she should. Capping rails are being varnished, boxes painted and lines served. Last year’s National Historic Ships apprentice, Denning, has been down to help us out, fixing our sticking engine hatch and boxing off the last of our new water system.

“Unfortunately Teymor is now on leave for a short while, but he will be back to sail with us in the summer. Kath has come down to help us out and is currently repainting the wheel box.

“We are back to sea on Good Friday (April 3) but if you would like to come and give us a hand, finishing her off and varnishing on deck, we would love to have you down. As ever you are welcome to stay the night and eat with us. Just give Matt, or Harry, a ring on 01803 883355, to arrange a date.”


Cleaning and Painting Leader's hull

Volunteer to Crew Member: Teymour’s Journey Posted on

Leader’s newest recruit is continuing a long-standing Trinity Sailing tradition of establishing himself as a fully fledged crew member after putting in the hours as a volunteer.

Teymour Kashani, from Essex, first heard of Trinity after his grandfather returned from a Provident charter a few years ago and since then decided he wanted to have a go on the traditional vessels himself.

He said: “I had an interest in sailing before as my uncle‘s also quite a yachty guy, I thought Trinity’s boats looked pretty cool so I did I my Duke of Edinburgh on Golden Vanity in 2013.”

From here the 19-year-old’s interest in traditional boat sailing grew and grew and he decided he wanted to join Leader at the 2014 Tall Ships Races.

He said: “On Golden Vanity I got speaking to Ben and Becca (Vanity’s crew at the time) about the Tall Ships and it sounded great, so I came back and took part in the third leg of the races sailing from Bergen, in Norway, to Esbjerg, in Denmark.

“It was better than I expected, a great atmosphere, everyone there was up for having a good time and it great getting to know so many people while enjoying such a celebratory atmosphere. Bergen was the highlight for me, lots of live bands, a great firework display, we won the crew parade and the crew party was great.”

After leaving sixth form in the summer Teymour could not decide what to do with his life and found himself wanting to take his new-found hobby to the next level.

He said: “I was at a bit of a loose end, not doing anything so I thought I would get involved in the Trinity refit, so I came down in January and I’m still here.

“I’ve really learnt a lot, had a lot of fun and met lots of new and nice people. I’ve learned how to maintain the boats, all about the rigging, and generally a lot more about the sailing industry.”

Teymour has now become a member of Trinity’s crew, being offered a position as deck-hand on board Leader, with a chance to do some relief work as bosun during 2015.

If anyone would like to develop their sailing skills or experience, by signing up as a volunteer with Trinity, please give Trinity Sailing a call on 01803 88 33 55 or email

Teymour Kashani

Refit Blog: Busy and Productive Week Posted on

Trinity’s crew, and a team of volunteers, are busy getting the boats ready for the 2015 season with less than a month to go before the first voyage.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him and his team, and here’s how the refit went last week:

“Week 10 of refit and we have finished-off down below on Leader. Two-and-a-half months of heat gunning, sanding, varnishing, priming, undercoating, glossing and she is looking very shiny indeed — thanks to everyone who has helped us out along the way.”

“Last week was very busy with Ben working on the new fresh water system, gas inspections, fire inspections, fitting our refurbished on-deck bilge pumps and sorting our life jackets. We also had the crane down to put our freshly varnished spars back on board. Thankfully Ian volunteered all week to help us out, so a massive thank you to him.

“We also had our third volunteer weekend, with a total of 11 of us staying on board. Despite some drizzly weather everyone worked really hard and we managed to tick off two A4 pages worth of little finishing off jobs, as well as moving a large amount of the rigging back down to the boat. Jeremy worked on the generator for the whole weekend, and we finally have it bolted back in and (almost!) up and running. It was a busy two days, but we did manage to stop for long enough to squeeze in one or two Dark ‘N’ Stormys on Saturday night.

“We have another full on week coming up, where we will be coding the boat, putting the rig back together and sanding on deck. Thursday and Friday next week (19th and 20th) we will be moving Leader to the grid in Brixham to dry her out and antifoul her. This is a massive job involving painting everything below the waterline, as well as an amazing opportunity to see just how massive she is out of the water!

“If you are free we would love to have you down to help us out, either for one day, or to stay overnight. If you can make it, just give Harry and Matt in the office a ring on 01803 883355. You’ll get a very unique view of the boat!”


Leader Getting Ready for Sea

Tall Ships Races 2015: Alesund to Kristiansand Posted on

Are you thinking of joining Leader for the 2015 Tall Ships Races? After the first race from Belfast, she will be arriving in the Norwegian town of Alesund where the crew will have a chance to relax on shore, mingling with other sailors from across the globe.

The Tall Ships Races are now just over four months away and the organisers in Alesund have released a short promotional video giving young people more idea about what to expect on the north Norwegian coast when they arrive.

The first leg, between Belfast and Alesund, takes place between Friday, July 3, and Thursday, July 16. We only have a very small amount of berths left on this voyage.

If you want to join the party in Alesund and then sail with the rest of the Tall Ships fleet along the Norwegian coast, you can join Leader on Thursday, July 16 and disembark on the south coast on Sunday, July 26.

As the second Tall Ships leg is the “cruise-in-company” section, sailors on Leader will have a lot of time to relax, admire the amazing scenery, get to know the crew members from other boats taking part, and spend time exploring a number of ports en route to Kristiansand.

Again there are only a handful of berths remaining on this voyage, so if you don’t want to miss out, put your deposit down now.

There are around 80 vessels set to take part with more than 1,000 crew members from across the world. To find you can get involved head to our Tall Ships Races page.

To make a booking, or find out more about Leader’s involvement at the Tall Ships Races, call the office team on 01803 88 33 55 or send an email to


Tall Ships 2014

Refit Blog: Spars Done and Dusted Posted on

Trinity’s crew, and a team of volunteers, are busy getting all the boats ready for the 2015 season with less than two months to go before the first voyage.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him and his team, and here’s how the refit went last week:

“Sorry about the delay in the update, there has been lots going on! As of today we have finished sanding and varnishing every single spar and we only have nine blocks left to service. This is a phenomenal achievement and thank you so much to everyone who helped out, we really would not be in this position without the amazing volunteers we have had down.

“Our latest volunteer weekend happened over Valentine’s weekend and there were a total of 10 of us on board, a couple of new people, Elise, Jo and Jabbs, as well as the regulars John, Jeremy, Anna, Lucy and Teymour. Despite the hammering rain we had a really productive weekend and we are almost ready to start putting Leader back together.

“Skipper Ben’s mum, Helen, has also been down painting the crew cabin and making the curtains for the season and Andy has been helping prep the spars up at Totnes.

“Over the next few days we are going to be getting the boat ready for coding, plumbing in the new fresh water system (which is very shiny!) and craning our now immaculate spars back on board.

“Our next volunteer weekend is over Marc 7th and 8th and so far we’ve managed a great night out on every single one. Ben and I are really looking forward to this one.

“If you want to come and help out — there is a job, and a beer, for everyone if you’re over 18 or a lemonade if not — just give Matt and Harry in the office a call 01803 883355 — hope to see you there!”


Leader is under refit and will soon be heading out for the 2015 season.

Refit Blog: Leader and Provident Come Back Home to Brixham Posted on

Trinity’s crew, and a team of volunteers, are busy getting all three boats ready for the 2015 season with less than two months to go before the first voyage.

Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him and his team, and here’s how the refit went last week:

“So that’s week five of refit complete and we have made some great progress on board Leader. On Monday we took advantage of the calm conditions to move the boats from Dartmouth to Brixham, where they will spend the next few weeks of refit. I was on board with Ben, Lea and John and we had a very unusual view of a mast-less Provident in front of us for the 10 miles up the coast.

“Tuesday was absolutely freezing but there was no shortage of volunteers to use the heat gun to strip more varnish from the galley. The team also managed to sand the entire front of the boat from the saloon forwards, and get it undercoated ready for Wednesday.

“On Wednesday we split into two teams, with half of us glossing the surfaces we had prepared the day before, and the other half of us hand sanding the intricate parts of Leader’s galley. It was a long day to paint everything that we had prepped and the team made a fantastic effort, working through both tea breaks, in order to get to a position where we could leave the boat to dry overnight.

“Thursday morning saw a 4.30am start in order to move Leader to the grid so we could service her seacocks, however, the band of high pressure over the UK forced tidal heights lower than expected and unfortunately we couldn’t get her on. A massive full English on Provi solved any problems the guys may have had with the early start and we have another window to move her back to the grid later in the month.

“Friday was a more relaxed day with skipper Ben, Luke and Teymour braving the temperature up at Totnes to work on stripping Leader’s bowsprit, while Hugh and I managed to varnish 75 per cent of the galley.

“As you might be able to tell we have had some very hard working volunteers this week: John stayed over from the refit weekend; Maddie, Ieuan, Little Ben, Joe, and Luke all came down for a couple of days; and  Teymour and Lea have been down since last week.

“Unfortunately all, apart for Teymour, have had to head-off to other parts of the country and, in Lea’s case, Tres Hombres, but thank you all so much for the work you have put in. I think you can all see the difference you have made.

“Next week our main projects are going to be finishing the galley, stripping the spars, and making a start on Leader’s sole boards. If you fancy giving us a hand we will make you very welcome Just give the office a call on 01803 883355.

“Valentines weekend is February 14th and 15th so, if I have just saved you from forgetting, you owe us some sanding. It’s also our next volunteer weekend and we already have five people signed up and we are planning a good party Saturday night. Again if you want to get involved give Matt or Harry in the office a ring on the same number.”



Provident without her mast

New Beginnings for Trainees at Devon Sailing Charity Posted on

An apprentice sailor has come to the end of his watch working at a Devon-based sailing charity by welcoming aboard a new recruit.

Hugh Langworthy, from Tavistock, has been cutting his teeth at the Trinity Sailing Foundation for the past 12 months after being awarded a traineeship position through National Historic Ships UK.

His tenure at the Brixham-based charity is coming to an end, moving on to his next challenge, but not before welcoming 27-year-old Martin Hendry – 2015’s trainee – who is part of the second cohort of the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project.

Both Hugh and Martin got their chance through this UK-wide project which aims to deliver training in maintaining, operating and interpreting gaff, lugsail and spritsail-rigged historic vessels. Hugh has had a busy year working on the historic sailing vessel Provident, one of three vessels operated by Trinity, who take hundreds of young people to sea each year.

Hugh is now set to move on to another project working on the restoration of a 1903 built ketch called Garlandstone, which is based at Morwellham Quay on the River Tamar.

The 28-year-old said he has enjoyed learning a vast of array of essential skills over the past 12 months, working with Trinity on everything to do with sailing and conserving historic vessels, from the ins and outs of rigging to complex woodwork.

He said: “It’s been a great experience, working with an excellent crew and team, and I got to sail to the Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly which are places I had always wanted to go.”

Hugh has now passed the baton on to Edinburgh-born sailing fanatic Martin. Unlike Hugh, he has already worked for Trinity as a volunteer and was awarded the traineeship after making a great impression on his new employers.

He said: “I first gave Matt Gilchrist (Trinity’s Operation’s Manager) a call in early 2014 and said I wanted to get involved and he invited me to come down to help with the winter refit on the vessels. I had been working as a security guard for five years so I could guess you could say I was stuck in a rut. This was a way of changing direction and doing something I really love.”

After spending a year learning the ropes on Trinity’s 1892 vessel Leader, Martin picked up the necessary knowledge to apply for a traineeship.

He said: “I want to learn new skills and I look forward to going to sea and to gain more qualifications and build up my knowledge of historic sailing vessels, an added bonus is I get to take part in some amazing sailing experiences and go to some very interesting places.”

Martin’s traineeship is one of five being offered nationally in 2015 as part of National Historic Ships UK’s Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project through ‘Skills for the Future’, a national programme to create new opportunities in work-based training for the heritage sector funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

By the end of the programme, trainees will have built up a record of operational, maintenance, conservation and interpretation skills set out in the form of a training passport of skills which can be shown to prospective employers as well as being a personal record reflecting what they have achieved.

Each of the five traineeships will be based at similar organisations, across the UK, all covering the essential skills needed for a career in the historic ships industry. Every one of the placements offers a slightly different experience depending on the main purpose of the host organisation and its vessels, with the opportunity to sail on at least two other types of historic vessel.

Director of National Historic Ships UK Martyn Heighton said: “I am delighted that we have another group of five excellent trainees this year, including Martin. It is essential that we halt decline in the traditional seamanship and vessel maintenance skills that are essential if we are to secure a sound future for the UK’s operational historic vessels.”

Martin will be spending his season with Trinity on their historic Brixham sailing trawler Leader, which this year will be sailing to Brittany, Cornwall, the Channel Islands, The Isles of Scilly, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Scandinavia.

Hugh Langworthy